Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola reportedly sought out Man Utd’s Fred after the midfielder was subjected to racial abuse during Saturday’s match at Etihad Stadium that ended in 2-1 in favor of United.
According to ESPN, Guardiola approached the 26-year-old Brazilian inside stadium to discuss the episode after he had concluded his post-match media commitments.
City’s Chief executive Ferran Soriano, and United director David Gill were also spotted conversing in the tunnel following the final whistle.
City has already released a statement condemning the incident and pledging to work with the authorities during investigations.
The Football Association has also confirmed their commitment to investigate and punish any guilty suspect of racial abuse.
Speaking to ESPN, Fred said Saturday’s incident showed “we are still in a backward society”.
“On the field, I didn’t see anything. I saw it only in the locker room afterwards,” he said.
“The guys showed me. He even threw a lighter and it hit me. I try not to care about that. I try to look ahead.”
“Unfortunately, this is happening in some stadiums. It happened here, it happened in Ukraine with some friends. It’s sad, but we have to keep our heads up and forget about that.” Fred continued.
“We can’t give them any attention because that’s all they want. I spoke to the referee after the match, they will do something about it and that’s all.
“We are all the same regardless of skin colour, hair and gender. We came from the same place and we all go to the same place when it’s all said and done.
“Thank God I have a lot of friends here in the locker room who hugged me, like Lingard.
“I don’t want to think about it. I just want to move on.”